Saturday, December 30, 2023

Brand New!

Just finished this one and quite different than the last couple-dozen years of printmaking. "Raccoon" is gouache painted on a product called Claybord, different colored inks in rapidograph pens drawn in, some Arteza Brush Pens and a little acrylic paint, then scratched through with a utility knife for the white fur. Finally I sanded the background and voila! Just that easy...11" x 14". My first mammal in 29 years. Next, an Opossum. Just kidding.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Firewood Day

Much thanks to Ryan Hollingsworth and Pat Johnson for some sawing, splitting and stacking yesterday. And NO snow, Mose about to chew in a chunk of ice found in the driveway.


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Pea Green Boat 2023

 Last Thursday we returned to MTPRadio with Annie Garde and birds, some guests watching from across the glass. This was Mischa the Peregrine's first trip, her cousin Sibley twenty-plus years prior. It's a tradition. Thanks Tom for feeding the eagles (and his birthday) as I forgot to put the food out before I left, dark at 5 pm and Winter Solstice tomorrow!

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Friday, December 15, 2023

Eagle Town

Three of the five juvenile Bald Eagles in the yard this frosty morning. Much arguing with the many magpies.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Radio Day

We will pay a visit to the Pea Green Boat on Montana Public Radio this afternoon, partnering with past skipper Annie Garde. She retired two years ago and we haven't had a bird day since. Annie and I will team up with host Vicki Chaney and some "newish" raptors. Meet Little Billie and Portia the owls, and Mischa the Peregrine. 4:00 pm sharp and left of the FM dial. And live on   Thanks Vicki, and a photo by Sam Manno from 2016, Joan Richarde at the controls. This will be visit number 93 in 30 years of PGB programs for Raptors of the Rockies!


Wednesday, December 13, 2023


This little male Sharp-shinned Hawk was hanging out in the yard, diet is 99% birds. Get those House Sparrows! This photo will be in our new book, Raptors of the West Second Edition with Mountain Press Publishing. Rob Palmer, Nick Dunlop and I supplied the images for the coffee table-style book in 2011, and currently out of print after sales of 15,000. So time to update with our new photos, okay, 13 years of photos!

Sunday, December 10, 2023


We had a fine visit to ARC of Western Montana in Missoula on Friday, formerly MDSC and serving adults with developmental disabilities. This was our introduction and we'll be back, fun. We played a short video and here is Sib and Board of Directors/Pal Bev Beck Glueckert in New York City. Little Billy the Saw-whet and Simon the Great Horned joined in and we all hooted up an owl at the finale.

By the way, if anyone has any non-ground game meat that is perhaps a bit old and you are making room in the freezer, let me know

Friday, December 8, 2023

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Short-lived Snow

 This was Sunday morning and rain after that. Major puddles now, yuck.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Warmy Toasty

This is what "a load of firewood" looks like if you are an ex-timber faller like Tom.
Thanks to friend John Ottman for the fine delivery this week. That last load kept us warm for 4 years, and so grateful for all the help by Pat Johnson, Ryan Hollingsworth and John "Hoeman." Sawing and splitting and stacking next....whew.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Florence Elk

 Our local elk herd seems to know that hunting season ended yesterday!

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Friday, November 24, 2023

Brand New One

Dry-point etching with gouache paint and graphite, Mischa the Peregrine  10 1/2" x 9" and a fun one to work on. Officially too cold to run these prints in the studio over the garage so thinking of bringing the printing press and all the stuff inside for the winter.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Monday, November 20, 2023


We bought this place in 2001, a 1977 single story remodeled (mostly) by Greg Schultz before he passed it on to us. The bathroom however was awful and finally our friend John Nickelsen is doing a special remodel, here the junk in the yard. And what was up with the plumbing? Check this out 11 elbows leading into the main water system all these years! Fixed and now...water pressure!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023

Ted To the Rescue

Long-time friend (like 28 years!) Ted Eiseman offered to help with some Raptor Ranch construction and I immediately thought of the eagle enclosure. The roof was caving in and Ted installed the new 1/2" plywood, plus roofing and aluminum drip edges. The eagles didn't mind him in there, even with the air gun and staples! Thanks Ted, perfect,  and he took home some artwork.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Monday, November 6, 2023

New Newsletter #62

A week to write, minutes to read...always say that but this is my favorite one so far.


Friday, November 3, 2023

Frosty Fish Hawk

Our pal Dr. Erick Greene reports that he saw an Osprey on Monday, Oct 30th. That is the latest sighting I  can recall, migrating south a month ago. Bet it was a youngster from up north coming through, adults leave sooner. Remarkably, they stay on the non-breeding ground the first spring and don't migrate back. I can only think of one other raptor that does that, a hawk-eagle or something I recall. My Osprey record is October 21st in the back yard:

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Jillian's First Program

In Hamilton for the Elementary School, 2003. She did an assembly then posed for an art class, AND starred in a TEDx Talk 2015, "Communication In the Dark." What a star and semi-retired now, sharing programs with Simon and Portia.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Bird Feeder

A Sharp-shinned Hawk in the yard. We had just watched Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and a big flock of Snow Geese landed in the river by the house at 2 am, screaming bloody murder for 30 minutes, then split. Boy, did I have some nice dreams after that!

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Back At It, Finally!

Saturday's program at Lewis & Clark Headquarters, Travelers' Rest State Park in Lolo was way too much fun and a milestone. I had an art display and Powerpoint, then four birds on their best behavior. Nigel the 28-year-old Golden Eagle here with me and finally feeling great after a 4-month-plus illness. I was informed that this was their largest audience ever, topped only by the annual fundraising event. 150 young and old alike, lots of familiar faces and let's do that again.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Tuesday, October 24, 2023


 I started by taking the shade cloth down in the eagle building, filled all the water baths with the hoses then wound them up, extension cord to the Aplomado Falcon building for the heated perch and red lamp. Today's project will be installing clear shower curtains on the buildings, most birds are just fine outdoors all winter if they are out of the wind. Other birds are spoiled rotten.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Labs Day

 Here is Mack, Ben, Nico and Mose on a beautiful Sunday, a Pat Johnson visit.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Wow, a Record!

Yesterday's program at Lewis & Clark headquarters, Travelers' Rest State Park was way too much fun! Art Show and Powerpoint, then four birds on their best behavior. Here is our contact Jason "Tano" Mejia with Nigel the Golden Eagle, the bird apparently the older of the two, Tano admitted. A dozen art pieces grace the walls and a packed visitors center. "The most people to ever attend a program" only topped by their Annual Fundraising event. 150 young and old alike, lots of familiar faces and pals. Wow, let's do that again.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Willard Alternative School

Our favorite high school, Willard from Missoula stopped over for a visit. Top is last year with baby Mischa, then yesterday, falcon all grown up.


Tuesday, October 17, 2023


Always love the Aspens! Nigel the Golden Eagle will be joining us at Travelers' Rest this Saturday, and debut program for Little Billie the Saw-whet Owl, plus Portia the Barred Owl, and Sibley the Peregrine. FUN!     And a little bit of medical news - after a surgery last week we have found that I do not have cancer! Whew. Time to get back to normal after 5 months plus of illness after that knee surgery. Anesthesia is the culprit, they tell me.


Monday, October 16, 2023

Travelers' Rest Program

This will sure be fun, at the visitor's center and free for everyone! This Saturday at Travelers' Rest in Lolo, Lewis & Clark Headquarters.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

What a Story

Here is a psychic phenomenon - we just had a fun visit by two volunteers from Montana Wild Wings, Jennifer Campbell and Leslie Mathern. They told me it was a fine tribute to name our new Northern Saw-whet owl after the woman that recovered him from the roadside in January, Billie. What? I just made that up and news to me. I installed him in the enclosure and said out loud, "Little Billie, supper's ready" in a British accent. Wow, where did that come from...? Klairvoyant Kate I have been called and wish we could harness this power and use it for good.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Happy Friday the 13th!

A photo from an hour ago, and last night's Happy Freezer full of food! I can't tell you how tenuous the food supply can be sometimes. Keeps me awake at night. But set for a while with game meat, chickens, Coturnix Quail, and the all-important mice. Just bought 300 mice = $280. Yep. That's what we love our Raptor Backers as we are a non-profit publicly-supported organization.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

St. Mary's Lookout

This Red-tail was relaxing in the Bitterroot sun, and that's St. Mary's lookout behind her on the top by the wire. Then a photo of me and Tom up there 20 years ago. On that hike I recall limping a great deal of the way down...oh well. Maybe some day I will be able to do it again, still working on the "new" knee in P.T.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Spider Webs

This morning's walk to feed the birds revealed a sea of spider webs in the grass. I had to dash in and grab my camera and here is one and his web, beautiful! A House Spider? And some Bowl-and-doily Spiders as well, maybe. Those next.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023

First Friday Art Opening

WOW, want to see some birds, about sixty or so? Check out Gallery 709 at that address on Ronan Street in Missoula. It will blow your mind. The show that owner/artist Don Mundt has assembled is called Birdwatchers and he grouped the paintings, prints and sculptures together as "birds of a feather." Wonderful and opening reception with many of the artists tomorrow, Friday from 5 - 9 pm. I have 7 prints, including the debut of the new "Red-tail" drypoint. Also Tom Melhuse, Sally Hickman, Dan DeGrandpre, Connie Murray, Tom Zaditz, Marion Lavery, and (my hero) Stephanie Frostad.   Don even has bird sounds piping through the speakers!  Ornithological Outing for All.   Hasta manyana.


Saturday, September 30, 2023

End of an Era

We have been getting Netflix in the mail, DVD's waiting in the post office box for my anxious retrieval now since 2006. The first one, "Broken Flowers." We have enjoyed a total of 1567 movies and yesterday the last one, end of an era. Netflix quit sending them and said to keep these last ones as gifts, not to mail back. I am so 20th Century and just discovered Roku this week. I shall miss the disc in the box, as about three other people in the Florence Post Office have received them the last few years, archaic relics. HA!  Think I'll watch that "Broken Flowers" Bill Murray movie again on the newly installed Roku.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Super Moon Harvest Moon Tonight!

 Lucked out with this shot in 2014 of the eagle nest, dad and son!

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Our Deck

 Flowers from Brown's Nursery, Florence. Friend Bob Ehrhart from McMinnville, Oregon. Horticulturist - Tom Davis.  Dreading that first hard frost and they all go away. Until NEXT spring!

Monday, September 25, 2023